Saturday, December 12, 2015
DAY 11-AT LEAST 14 KILLED-22 INJURED AT A SAN BERNADINO DISABILITY OFFICE.-IS THIS ANOTHER ISLAMIC-MUSLIM TERRORIST ATTACK.BY THAT SEX FOR MURDER-DEATH CULT 2 SHOOTERS.POSSIBLY OTHER ACCOMPLICES.
Terror alert imposed in Geneva-By EUOBSERVER
10. Dec, 18:57-Swiss authorities Thursday raised the terror threat alert, following information of "a precise threat," Swiss media report. Security measures were imposed outside synagogues, the French ambassador's home, train stations, and the UN office. European states continue to hunt multiple fugitives wanted in connection with the Paris murders.
Islamic State can make fake Syrian passports: U.S. report-Reuters – DEC 11,15-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the ability to create fake Syrian passports, a federal official confirmed on Friday.A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the contents of a story by CNN on Friday about the report, but declined to provide a copy of the report.The report says Islamic State has access to Syrian government passport printing machines and blank passports, raising the possibility the travel documents could be faked, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source. (http://cnn.it/1Rf6lE1)-The CNN source added that there was also concern that because the militant group had access to biographical and fingerprint data on Syrian citizens, there was also a possibility of identity theft.ABC News, which first reported the story on Thursday, said the report was released to law enforcement by the Homeland Security Investigations agency last week and raised the possibility that militants could use the documents to travel to the United States. (http://abcn.ws/1IKPl5I)-"Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to ISIS, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports 'issued' in these ISIS-controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the U.S.," ABC News quoted the report as saying.State Department spokesman John Kirby, asked at a briefing on Friday about the ABC report, replied: "We have been aware of reports, not just in the press, that they may have obtained this capability."FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday: "The intelligence community is concerned that they [Islamic State] have the ability, the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting."(Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Key U.S. Senate panel chairman opens inquiry into California massacre-By Mark Hosenball and Steve Gorman | Reuters – DEC 11,15-YAHOONEWS
(Reuters) - Nine days after 14 people were shot dead in California by a married couple the FBI says were inspired by Islamic extremism, the Republican chairman of a key U.S. Senate panel demanded the Justice Department on Friday turn over much of the evidence collected so far in the case.In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, asked her agency to furnish the evidence requested, along with answers to more than a dozen questions he posed about the investigation. A Justice Department spokesman declined comment, except to say, "We have received the letter and will review it."The 10-page letter gives no explicit rationale for the request other than to cite the committee's congressional oversight authority in matters of national security.But the nature of Johnson's queries and scope of the evidence he asked to review indicated his committee was looking for possible intelligence lapses in tracking Islamic extremist activity that might have worked to the killer-' benefit.-"What did you miss and how can we tighten that up," a source close to the senator told Reuters in characterizing the thrust of Johnson's inquiry.Among the materials Johnson requested are any communications unearthed by investigators pointing to the couple's plans for the massacre, how they concealed their intentions from law enforcement and any other attacks they might have contemplated.He also asked for information the department had obtained that would suggest any sponsorship of the couple by "a foreign terrorist organization." U.S. officials have said their investigation has yet to turn up any evidence that Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, or his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, were directed by foreign militants when they stormed a holiday gathering of his co-workers on Dec. 2 and opened fire with assault rifles.Fourteen people died and 22 others were injured in the rampage, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is treating as an act of terrorism inspired by Islamic extremism, the most lethal such attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Farook, the U.S.-born son of Pakistani immigrants, and Malik, a Pakistani native he married last year in Saudi Arabia, were killed in a shootout with police hours after their assault in San Bernardino, 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.The Senate inquiry came about as new Gallup poll released on Friday showed Americans losing faith in their government's ability to protect them from militant attacks, while a suspicious fire at a Southern California mosque raised new concerns about an anti-Islamic backlash.The fire, which erupted in the lobby of the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley, 75 miles (120 km) east of San Bernardino, caused smoke damage but no injuries, though the Riverside County Sheriff's Department called the blaze a possible arson.MISSED SIGNALS?-Last week's deadly mass shooting has sparked intense debate about how Farook and Malik managed to avoid detection by law enforcement as they planned their attack while amassing a large arsenal of weapons, ammunition and explosives.FBI officials have said the couple were not under investigation at the time of their attack.But federal agents have since learned that the couple had been steeped in radical Islamic ideology for some time, and were discussing jihad and martyrdom online with each other as far back as 2013, a year before they met in person, FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.While the couple is known to have declared they were acting on behalf of the Islamic State, there was no evidence that the militant group controlling vast swaths of Iraq and Syria were even aware of them prior to their attack, Comey said.Investigators believe Malik had tried contacting a number of militant groups overseas in the months before the massacre but was ignored, according to U.S. officials.Neither Johnson nor other lawmakers briefed on the case on Thursday publicly expressed a lack of confidence in the investigation. But some questioned whether in hindsight some warning signs might have been overlooked and whether current surveillance of potential extremists is sufficiently robust.That sentiment came through in questions posed by Johnson's letter. In one, he asked whether Farook, Malik or Enrique Marquez - a former Farook neighbor who bought the rifles used in the mass shooting - had ever "been under any investigation or surveillance by U.S. law enforcement or counter-terrorism officials? Please explain."He also asked which U.S. agencies knew of Malik's alleged connections to a radical cleric at a mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, and requested information about U.S. security checks conducted on the couple when Malik applied for a visa to enter the United States as Farook's fiancée.Some lawmakers have said Malik used a fake address on her application that went undetected."What, if any, further indicators of threats to national security were missed by the queries of Mr. Farook and Ms. Malik?" the letter asks.(Reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles, Alexandria Sage in San Bernardino; Frank McGurty in New York, Lesley Wroughton in Paris, Megan Cassella in Washington and Edward McAllister in Riverside, California; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Toni Reinhold and Lisa Shumaker)
Syrian refugees arrive in Canada, which one family calls 'paradise'-By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – DEC 11,15-YAHOONEWS
TORONTO - Outfitted in new winter coats and clutching their yawning 16-month-old daughter in the wee hours of Friday morning, a Syrian refugee family on the first large government flight began their new life in Canada — or, as they call it, "paradise.""We really would like to thank you for all this hospitality and the warm welcome and all the staff — we felt ourselves at home and we felt ourselves highly respected," Kevork Jamkossian told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau."You are home," Trudeau said. "Welcome home."His wife held their daughter Madeleine, clutching a teddy bear the little girl took with a shy smile from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne as the politicians helped find suitable winter clothing for them.The family — the father is a blacksmith and the mother a sales clerk — was the first through processing in the wee hours of Friday morning after the government aircraft landed following a long flight from Beirut.The family fled Syria, spent eight months in Lebanon and now they came to Canada because here, Madeleine will have many opportunities, the family said.Syrian refugees are greeted by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on their arrival from Beirut at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada December 11, 2015. After... more "We suffered a lot," Jamkossian said. "Now, we feel as if we got out of hell and we came to paradise."Trudeau and Wynne were on hand to welcome the first two families from the plane that brought 163 Syrian refugees to Canada. They were joined by the ministers of immigration, health and defence, as well as local mayors and opposition immigration critics.While there would be less fanfare for the arrival of the rest of the families, all were welcomed by a large contingent of staff at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and given winter coats, boots, hats and gloves before resting a few hours in a hotel. Shadr Mardelli struggled to put the day's experience into words."I can't imagine my feelings here, I'm so happy," he said, weary but smiling, minutes after arriving at the hotel with his wife and son. The family fled Syria for Lebanon last year.In Canada, he said, "I'm looking for safety and beautiful future and new future." Starting Friday, 116 of the new arrivals will head to homes in the Toronto area. Another four will go to Windsor, Ont. Sponsors in Kelowna, B.C. will welcome four, three will go to Coquitlam, B.C. and one to New Westminster, B.C. Twenty are bound for Calgary, Alta., and the final 15 to Edmonton, according to statistics released Thursday by the Immigration department.A second flight is set to arrive in Montreal on Saturday.Trudeau told the assembled staff moments before the plane arrived Thursday night that those arriving would step off the plane as refugees but would walk out of the terminal as permanent residents with social insurance numbers, health cards and the opportunity to become full Canadians."This is something that we are able to do in this country because we define a Canadian not by a skin colour or a language or a religion or a background, but by a shared set of values, aspirations, hopes and dreams that not just Canadians but people around the world share," he said."So I thank you deeply for being a part of this because this matters. Tonight matters, not just for Canada but for the world."All of the Syrians on board are sponsored by private groups, many of whom had filed the necessary paperwork months ago in order to bring in some of the estimated 4.3 million Syrians displaced by the ongoing civil war in that country.More than 400 refugees have already arrived on commercial flights since the Liberals took office on Nov. 4.Canadians eager to show their support for the newcomers weren't deterred by the fact that they couldn't do so face to face.A handful of people gathered at the international arrivals gate at Pearson bearing signs and gifts.Stefania Dunlop and Lubna Altaher dropped off dozens of bags brimming with snacks and plush toys for the children, as well as hats and mittens for the adults. The pair said they had made arrangements with airport security to have the items —and several hundreds more bags — brought to the designated terminal where the government flight landed.Andrew Harris, 51, said he wanted to counter the fearful messaging about Muslims that has circulated since the Paris attacks.He held up a large yellow sign that read "Welcome to Canada," saying that even if the arriving refugees don't see it, the positive words won't go unnoticed.— with files from Paola Loriggio-Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version incorrectly referred to Jamkossian as a gynecologist.
Calgary welcomes 20 Syrian refugees-CBC – DEC 11,15-YAHOONEWS
Twenty privately-sponsored Syrian refugees from five families were given a warm welcome at the Calgary airport Friday afternoon, as they leave behind lives of uncertainty.-"We have the determination to start a new life, a new beginning," said father Salem Kallas through an interpreter."We are sure this is the place where we will get equal opportunity, everyone is equal."Along with his wife Rita and four-year-old son Elie, the family had been in Beirut since 2012 after leaving their war torn home of Aleppo.- Syrian refugees get warm welcome in Calgary despite Alberta's economic woes -The refugees arriving Friday are privately-sponsored by Canadian family members, friends and church groups.Fariborz Birjandian is with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, one of the local groups spearheading the resettlement."They are really very tired but extremely excited to come to Canada, coming from a life of uncertainty for their children, for themselves," Birjandian said."Some of them have lost family members, obviously they have lost livelihoods. They already know they are coming to a great city and great community."Mayor Naheed Nenshi extended a warm welcome to the newcomers."I know we are going to work hard as a community to make sure that they are successful here because that is what we do," Nenshi said.Premier Rachel Notley did the same in a statement." Alberta is chilly but our hearts are warm, and Albertans are renowned for their sense of volunteerism and helping out those in need," Notley said."Refugees enrich our society, making positive contributions to our communities, economy and vibrant cultural fabric. Alberta welcomes you, as we will continue to open our hearts to those who will follow in your footsteps in the coming weeks."Meanwhile, the Kallas family is tired but thankful and optimistic."The trip was successful and we are so happy to be in the place that we dreamed of being, safe and healthy," Salem Kallas said."If you are serious and hardworking you will get what you are looking for."
Syrian refugees get warm welcome at Armenian community centre-CBC – DEC 11,15-YAHOO NEWS
Hugging her father tightly, Cerli Katchadorian said the best thing about Canada is the playground.Soon, the seven-year-old will get to play there every day when she goes to the school attached to the Armenian Cultural Centre in north Toronto. But today, she is one of the 92 Syrian refugees who came to the centre for a joyous welcome on their first day in this country.Cerli's family were among the 163 aboard a Canadian government jet that touched down at Toronto's Pearson International Airport late Thursday. Eventually, Canada will welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees, thousands of whom are expected to settle in the Greater Toronto Area.Like many in attendance, Cerli's life has been touched by tragedy. Hovic Katchadorian, her father, says his wife was killed during a rocket attack near a church in Aleppo. When Cerli asks about her, Hovic said, he tries to distract her with games.After the attack, Katchadorian fled with his daughter and his mother to Lebanon. Two weeks ago he received the news that he would be coming to Canada and was "very, very happy," he said through an interpreter.-Happiness everywhere-That happiness was everywhere at Friday's event where newcomers — most of whom are Armenian-Syrian — were matched up with their private sponsors, who for some were family members while for others complete strangers.Mareina Gebeil, smiling as her daughter held a stuffed bear holding a Canadian flag and her son played in a donated Toronto Maple Leafs jacket, said she considered her sponsors "just like angels."After recounting her joy of finding out she was coming to Canada through a translator, Gebeil tried out a thank you message in English: "God bless Canada and the people."She said coming here after fleeing from Damascus means a "new life."That new life begins after today's event, when many of the newcomers, who are now permanent residents of Canada, are taken to their new homes and begin tasks ranging from learning English to searching for new work."Today was a big day," said organizer Lorig Garboushian-Katerjian, who herself left Syria for Dubai about 20 years ago before coming to Canada in 2010.Over the last four or five years nobody knew when Syrian refugees arrived in Toronto, Garboushian-Katerjian said, and she would go and pick them up from the airport herself.That's completely changed now.-Centre of the country's attention-At the community centre, she managed a team of volunteers looking for apartments for hundreds of new arrivals (a few families were still looking for places to stay on Friday afternoon) and filling out registration sheets that may eventually help families find work or make other key connections.There were plenty of smiles amid prayers and applause as church leaders heaped praise on those who had organized the event.Before that, a priest handed out chocolate Santas to the delight of the children attending a special sermon. Among them was Madeleine Jamkossian, a 16-month-old baby who was one of the first people greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory — not that she'll likely remember it.Kevork Jamkossian, her beaming father who was covered in melted chocolate from Madeleine's partially eaten Santa, said he was so excited last night that he couldn't sleep when the familyarrived at an airport hotel. How will he ever explain these amazing days to his daughter? "I don't know," he said.Even if he can't explain it, Kevork said he's looking forward to trying. Earlier, as he spoke with Trudeau through an interpreter, he and his wife told the prime minister they felt like they had lived through hell and arrived in paradise, and that their daughter's future was the reason they made the trip.
Chinese investors claim they were guaranteed immigration to Canada-CBC – DEC 11,15-YAHOO NEWS
Five Chinese investors are suing a Maple Ridge, B.C. developer for allegedly guaranteeing them immigration to Canada in exchange for an investment in a proposed hotel.In two separate British Columbia Supreme Court lawsuits, the plaintiffs claim they agreed to invest a total of $7 million into the project developed by Seiko Huang.They claim Huang said "he could guarantee the plaintiffs' immigration into Canada." But if their immigration applications should be denied, they say they were told they would be entitled to a return of their investments.Now, all five claim they were denied immigration status and have yet to get their money back. Reached at his home, Huang said he made no representations to anyone and has done nothing wrong." Nobody can promise immigration," he said.Immigration consultants sued-Three of the claimants are also suing the immigration consultants who allegedly introduced them to Huang.Xiaohong Lu, Aihong Cai and Zhen Ye claim they paid the equivalent of $170,000 each to research immigration opportunities and submit their applications.The notice of claim says they were told the hotel "was a good investment as Mr. Huang had a good relationship with the City of Maple Ridge officials."They claim they were told that in addition to their money, Huang and his partner would be investing an additional $5 million. But the lawsuits claim the developer instead used their money for purposes unrelated to the hotel.The claimants say they found out their immigration applications had been rejected in December 2013. But they claim their investment has not been returned.Lu, Cai and Ye also claim the immigration consultants reneged on an agreement to refund 70 per cent of their fees.The proposal the 125-room hotel has been passed a third reading at Maple Ridge city council. The city says the building permit applications have been made, but approval is needed from the transportation ministry.The project would be slated for construction on the Haney Bypass. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Read the notice of civil claim.
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